GLOBAL SOLAR COUNCIL

NEWS AND VIEWS

October 2016


GSC LAUNCHES GLOBAL SEMINAR SERIES AT SOLAR POWER INTERNATIONAL: KEY TAKEAWAYS


From right to left, Chris O'Brien (Flex), Peter Moritizburke (E.ON), Thomas Koerner (Canadian Solar), Jing Tian (Trina Solar) and Michael Shoemaker (Dow Chemical).

The GSC launched its Global Seminar Series at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas with standing-room only discussions that included industry leaders across the solar value chain. The event was co-hosted by the U.S. International Buyers Program. Special thanks to SEIA, the Smart Electric Power Alliance and SPI for supporting the event.

From right to left, Chris O'Brien (Flex), Lior Handelsman (SolarEdge), Alex Levran (ABB) and Andreas Liebheit (Heraeus).

The first two panels shared their insights on the opportunities and challenges of operating in markets around the world. Key takeaways included: the need to develop new international standards, including those focused on quality and reliability; the importance of continued advancements in technology and innovation; and the growing connection between solar and energy storage technologies.

Attendees also heard from Guido Agostinelli, International Finance Corporation, on multilateral investments in emerging markets. In addition to outlining the IFC's efforts to support solar investments, Mr. Agostinelli made the point that solar energy will play an essential role in developing country markets over the next decade.

From right to left, Pablo Otin (8minutenergy Renewables), Allison Archambault (EarthSpark International), Daniel Sinaiko (Akin Gump), Eli Davis (Intesa Sanpaolo) and Brian Whiteside (Overseas Private Investment Corporation).

Attendees also heard from leading solar investment experts, focused on both developed and developing country markets. The panelists underscored the important opportunity for multilateral institutions to help open markets by lowering risk for private investors. Bankability and standardized documents were also identified as important opportunities to help grow solar investments.   

A detailed summary of the panel discussions and IFC presentation will be included in the GSC's inaugural quarterly newsletter, to be issued in early December.

Additional roundtable discussions are planned for Eilat-Eilot, SNEC, Brazil Solar Power, India and Africa. Members will be featured in these events as moderators and panelists.


GSC WELCOMES NEW FOUNDING MEMBERS

          

   

We are pleased to announce that 8minutenergy Renewables, DuPont, SoftBank Energy (Softbank Group), the Clean Energy Council and Korea Photovoltaic Society recently joined the Global Solar Council as Founding Members.


SOLARPOWER EUROPE CELEBRATES 100GW MILESTONE

GSC Chairman and SolarPower Europe Chief Operating Officer Bruce Douglas with European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič

On September 29th, the European solar family got together with stakeholders from every walk of life to celebrate the milestone of 100GW of installed solar power in Europe. In just under 10 years, solar has gone from 3GW to over 100GW installed capacity and now SolarPower Europe's attention turns firmly to the next 100GW. European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič outlined a 150GW PV goal by 2020, while executives from General Electric and Huawei spoke to Europe's essential role in solar energy's history and future. Learn more about the event as well as SolarPower Europe's planned June 2017 celebration here.


GSC CO-CHAIRMAN PRANAV MEHTA ON SOLAR IN INDIA

Pranav Mehta speaking at joint GSC-NSEFI press conference.

Mr. Mehta, also Chairman of the National Solar Energy Federation of India and Vice-Chair of the Asia PV Industry Association, spoke with SolarPV.TV at the Renewable Energy India 2016 conference in Greater Noida about the unique solar opportunity India provides. Mr. Mehta also discussed the Government of India's commitment to improving the business climate in the country. Watch the full interview here.


INTERNATIONAL TENDERING PROCESSES: LESSONS LEARNED

Jose Donoso speaking at the launch of the GSC Global Seminar Series.

GSC Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Unión Española Fotovoltaica (UNEF) Jose Donoso argues that the PV industry has matured to the point where it can now compete in technology-neutral tenders, as recently demonstrated in Mexico. The tenders themselves, however, must be well-designed to result in optimal market outcomes, especially with regard to reverse auctions. In this piece, he details the situation in Spain, but the lessons certainly apply in many markets. Read his full analysis.


GSC TO LAUNCH TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION FORUM AT 7th EILAT-EILOT RENEWABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY CONFERENCE

On November 27-29, in Dan Eilat, Israel, the GSC is partnering with Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy to launch the first annual GSC Technology & Innovation Forum (GSC T&I Forum). Under the leadership of GSC Secretary & Board Member Eitan Parnass, also Executive Director of the Green Energy Association of Israel, the GSC T&I Forum will bring together solar innovators, R&D departments, startups, venture capitalists, research institutes, academia, industry organizations and government representatives. 

The forum will put the GSC at the forefront of solar technology and innovation advancements and form an important co-operation platform for the “who’s-who” of solar technology. It will also serve as a forum for sharing best practices and building new collaborative relationships within the industry and between governments and industry. If you have any questions, please contact Dyveke Fjeld Elset at dyveke@globalsolarcouncil.org.


GSC IN THE MEDIA
  • GSC Secretary-General John Smirnow discusses the dynamic solar market in Argentina on Jujuy Province Channel 4 News. Watch the interview here.
  • GSC Board Member Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia commenting on the solar photovoltaic market on SolarPV.TV in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Rodrigo is also Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association (ABSOLAR). Watch the interview here.
  • GSC Secretary and Executive Director of the Green Energy Association of Israel Eitan Parnass shared insights in an opinion piece on Israel's PV future. He explains that the country's plans for a 500MW project are just the first steps toward an expected future market of 5-7GW. Mr. Parnass' full analysis can be found here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • On October 19-21, the 16th China PV Academic Annual Conference will take place at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, supported by the China PV Industry Association. Learn more about the event here.

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